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Photo caption: Memories by Cila Montesinos (courtesy of Rebecca Berru-Davis).
Cuadros of Pamplona Alta highlight Peruvian women’s creativity in RMC exhibit
BILLINGS, July 28, 2014 – Crafting Change Through Cloth and Community exhibits 35 hand-stitched cuadros created by women of Pamplona Alta, a shantytown of Lima, Peru, August 29 to September 25 at Rocky Mountain College Ryniker-Morrison Gallery.
Cuadros – appliquéd, embroidered fabric narrative art created by Peruvian women working in cooperatives – celebrate women’s resilience and creativity as forces for community transformation.
The exhibit emphasizes and reflects the Peruvian women’s creativity, ingenuity, and agency. The fabric pictures show colorful and detailed narratives depicting memories and events that shape the women’s lives. Their personal stories stitched in cloth are testimony to their dedication to their families, activism in their communities, and commitment to beauty that persists even in challenging conditions.
RMC is the first venue for this newly curated exhibit.
Curator Rebecca Berru-Davis discusses the exhibition on September 18 at 4:00 p.m., with a reception afterward. Berru-Davis was visiting assistant professor of philosophy and religious thought at RMC for the 2013-14 academic year and is now a postdoctoral fellow at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Berru-Davis’ 2006 cuadros exhibition, Picturing Paradise, has visited 17 university, museum, and gallery settings throughout the U.S., Spain, and Peru. While Crafting Change Through Cloth and Community shows at RMC, Picturing Paradise will visit Carroll College in Helena, Mont., September 1 to October 9.